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Stark Putin Critic Sentenced To Five Years In Prison



KIROV - Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to five years in jail for theft and embezzlement on Thursday.

The Kirov City Court found the anti-corruption campaigner guilty of defrauding about $500,000 worth of lumber from a state-run company, reports Russia's Kommersant.

The tough sentence did not come as a surprise for the 37-year-old activist, who described the trial as "a farce".

Navalny is one of Vladimir Putin"s most outspoken critics. Three months ago, he depicted the Russian President as a foe of democracy, reports CNN.

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Alexei Navalny - Photo: Alexey Yushenkov

A few minutes before he was handcuffed during the trial and led away, he urged his supporters to continue his struggle, tweeting : "Don't sit around doing nothing", reports the BBC.

Alexei Navalny registered as a candidate in Moscow mayoral race, but if his conviction stands, the opposition blogger will not be able to run for public office.

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How WeChat Is Helping Bhutan's Disappearing Languages Find A New Voice

Phd candidate Tashi Dema, from the University of New England, discusses how social media apps, particularly WeChat, are helping to preserve local Bhutanese languages without a written alphabet. Dema argues that preservation of these languages has far-reaching benefits for the small Himalayan country's rich culture and tradition.

A monk in red performing while a sillouhet of a monk is being illuminated by their phone.

Monk performing while a sillouheted monk is on their phone

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Tashi Dema

THIMPHU — Dechen, 40, grew up in Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Her native language was Mangdip, also known as Nyenkha, as her parents are originally from central Bhutan. She went to schools in the city, where the curriculum was predominantly taught in Dzongkha, the national language, and English.

In Dechen’s house, everyone spoke Dzongkha. She only spoke her mother tongue when she had guests from her village, who could not understand Dzongkha and during her occasional visits to her village nestled in the mountains. Her mother tongue knowledge was limited.

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However, things have now changed.

With 90% of Bhutanese people using social media and social media penetrating all remotes areas in Bhutan, Dechen’s relatives in remote villages are connected on WeChat.

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